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Deputies looking for missing 14-year-old

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies believe a teen girl who was staying in a foster home in Lincoln County’s western end may have fled the residence and gone to a biological parent’s home in Catawba County over the weekend. A resident of the home told deputies that 14-year-old Kaitlyn…

Students to perform with Army marching band

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   “Strength, determination and teamwork — these are the strengths that give them the right to wear the colors of the U.S. Army,” Lt. Ryan Cermely said of East Lincoln High School band students Jake Ballard and Alaina Seidle. With the entire school body watching and…

Complaints taking aim at future elections

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor Challenges to several ballots cast in last week’s Lincolnton city elections can’t affect the outcomes, but the people behind the complaints say they are really concerned about future elections. The Republicans who wrote and organized the complaints told the Times-News in recent days that they want…

Veteran’s Day Parade

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A young Uncle Sam waves to those along the parade route.…

Parade celebrates local heroes

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer A crystal clear fall day was the perfect back-drop for Friday’s Veterans Day Parade as an estimated several thousand citizens turned out to pay tribute to area veterans. The Last Man’s Club of World War II veterans, led by Commander James Leatherman, was well represented…

New hotel could change game for business travelers

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The new Hampton Inn in Lincolnton had a “soft opening” on Thursday, with the official ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Friday. As a highly anticipated addition to town, the hotel will provide much-needed rooms for visitors to the area, particularly business travelers. Barry Matherly, executive director of…

West Lincoln 6th-grader tops in showmanship at State Fair

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer   Cody Beam, a sixth-grade student at West Lincoln Middle, took top honors in the Youth Show 9-10 Showmanship category at the N.C. State Fair on Oct. 15. The Youth Show is the largest competition at the State Fair, having over 1,000 entries. Beam won…

Chamber banquet is set for Thursday

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SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Citizens Center in downtown Lincolnton. According to a news release sent out by the Chamber, guest speakers for the evening will be Lynn Minges, assistant secretary of tourism, marketing and global…

Citizens back ‘Plan 13’ for School Board

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MARTHA K. SEAGLE Staff Writer Three Lincoln County residents spoke out with concerns during Wednesday evening’s Board of Education public hearing on redistricting. All three residents – Jerry Haney, George Barr and Martin Oakes – live in the Denver area and clearly expressed that they believe only one of the…

HOF fire damages equipment

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer A Lincoln County textile plant was forced to evacuate Tuesday night after a piece of warehouse equipment unexpectedly caught fire, resulting in more than a million dollars worth of damage. South Fork firefighters served as primary responders to HOF Textiles on Kawai Road in Lincolnton, fire…